It was inevitable. If you hang around WUS long enough, you are going to buy an ammo strap. I finally gave in and ordered this little beauty from Lederarts.ch.
It arrived today. I immediately noticed that it is quite stiff, but at a little over 4mm, not too thick so I believe it will break in nicely. The next thing I noticed was how dark and even the color was. It was almost too clean to be vintage. This vanished with the first bend as the leather displayed a dramatic pull up effect, revealing grain and a wide variance in color and tone.
Ahh... That's more like it!
The strap is made from a 1942 Swiss Army ammo pouch. Honestly, I would not know a vintage ammo pouch from a mail sack, but given that all able-bodied Swiss men must serve, I can't imagine there is any shortage of ammo bags over there and have no reason to doubt its provenance. I chose this particular strap for the simple straight stitching, and because the stampings are located such that they will be near the watch head and thus visible when worn, particularly the "Sz" and cross.
I had planned to put it on my Anstead, but it proved to be a bit to tight a squeeze. My PAM clone was an obvious choice, but considering the strap's badass heritage, I felt I should put it on the most badass watch I own - the EcoZilla.
I know, some say leather has no place on a diver and that is absolutely true - if you dive. For a big poser like me, it really doesn't matter. I love the look. The Zilla needs some beef behind it, and this strap supplies it. Once fitted with brushed Pre-V, the look was complete.
All said and done, the strap hits all the marks. It is rugged, well made, and drop dead gorgeous. Highly recommended.